I am currently working at composing a wedding song for some young people that attempts to emphasize the Biblical truth that they should each love God more than they love their soon-to-be-spouse. For if they love God first and foremost, they will love their spouse appropriately. Loving God first and foremost puts all other affections into proper perspective. We are often tempted to love certain people in such a manner that we disobey God in the process. Our affections are out of order.
With that in mind, some applicatory questions related to that truth are in order.
Do I as a pastor love God more than I love the flock of God among which I minister?
Do I as a pastor love God more than I love the individual sheep within the flock of God among which I minister?
Do I as a church member love God more than I love other members of the flock or the pastor of flock?
Do I as a parent love God more than I love my children?
Do I as a child love God more than I love my parents?
Obviously this principle applies across the board in our lives. It is simply an application of the truth Jesus taught us in Luke 14:26, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” (NET)
It is also an application of the truth taught in such passages as First John 5:2-3.